Artificial skin is creating hopes for burnt patients


A ray of hope for the burn patients is now been introduced in Pakistan “artificial skin” which will now which can transform people’s appearances affected due to burning.

The burn skin replacement surgeries are so expensive that many people in our country continue to live with the burn marks despite the treatment. Some of them even lose their life.

However, now in Pakistan, the doctors have achieved and announced that they have prepared the biological artificial skin. This artificial skin can be replaced with the burnt skin of a patient.

University of Health Sciences and the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) reached an agreement to achieve this breakthrough in the medical field. Earlier imported for $900 (or Rs127, 440) per inch, artificial human skin will now be available at Rs1,000 and will help be widely used to save the lives of people – even those with over 70% of their bodies burnt.

The artificial skin was prepared at a local level in Pakistan in 2015 on an experimental basis. At present, scientists are in a position to produce artificial skin on a large scale.

Briefing about the Artificial skin:

Vice-Chancellor Professor Javed Ikram of University of Health Science (UHS) said that many infections, the release of infective water from the cells and rapid excretion of minerals from the body, among other conditions, can result in the death of most burnt patients.

Dr Ikram also added that up until now, artificial skin was not being prepared in Pakistan because of which it had to be imported. He also said with grief that many people died due to the non-availability of the artificial skin.

Explaining the procedure, he said that skin renewal comprises two parts: technical and regulatory.

“On the technical side, we have made 27 inventions including the skin which include pupil of the human eye, kidney cells and interferon injection which is given to Hepatitis patients,” Ikram said. “The work of a scientist is to invent things in the laboratory but the real issue is to use these inventions to the benefit of patients.”

Shedding light on the hurdles that his team has faced, Dr Ikram revealed that the greatest difficulty in terms of inventing artificial skin is related to regulation.

“We prepared the artificial skin but there were several unresolved issues such as which institution would register the skin, which pharmaceutical company will be able to produce and sell the skin commercially,” Dr Ikram said.

The artificial skin that has been produced by Dr Ikram’s team has been sent to DRAP (The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan) for registration and the process will be completed soon.


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